In the first article in this series in International
Review 34, we examined the attitude of communists to the national question
on the eve of capitalism’s decadent epoch, and in particular the debate between
Lenin and Rosa Luxemburg on whether the working class should support ‘the right
of nations to self determination’. We concluded that even when some national
liberation struggles could still be considered progressive vis a vis the
interests of the working class, such a slogan had to be rejected.